Thursday, November 26, 2009

Story of the Rogatchover Gaon

A story I recently heard of the Rogatchover Gaon:

A certain Rov once came to consult with the Rogatchover and in the course of the conversation a woman entered the room asking the Rogatchover for a bracha, a blessing. The Rogatchover responded by saying he is not in the habit of giving brochos but the woman tearfully persisted in asking. At this point the visiting rabbi interjected, quoting the gemara brochos that teaches " al tihyeh birchos hedyot kalah beinecha", "the blessing of a simple person is not to be taken lightly". "If this is the case," reasoned the rabbi, "then kal v'chomer you the Rogatchover Gaon are capable of giving this women a blessing."

To this the Ragotchover replied, "Why wait for the kal v'chomer?".

(the Rogatchover)


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